had some serious decision making to do last night as I encountered a
severe overlap of two of my life's great passions: Ridiculously sultry
electropop, courtesy of JUNIOR BOYS, and NBA basketball, courtesy of the
Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. Vastly different ends of my
entertainment intake spectrum, but in the back of my head I can picture
Dirk Nowitzki getting amped to the pulsing undertow of "Double Shadow"
in front of his locker prior to a game, or even grooving to Carl Craig's
remix of "Like A Child" on the sands of Ibiza during his summer
It's easy to hate on PATRICK STUMP. We speak from experience here, having been subjected not only to years of FALL OUT BOY but also because we accidentally caught his first solo gig ever at SXSW last year, where he insisted on playing all the instruments at the same time and . . . bombed.
This time around, we're awarding points for effort, variety, and swell behavior.
No doubt in Thursday's Phoenix there will be more ink-stained attention on Friday's Mystery Roar mega-party at the Middle East downstairs, a Dopamine Records' dance-crazed bill that also features Bodega Girls, Soul Clap, Hesta Prynn, DJ Die Young and Baltimoroder, oh my!). But in the meantime, check out the news bulletin created by Videodrome Discotheque VJ/DJ Craig MacNeil
Follow my logic for a
second: Spain defeated the Netherlands on Sunday 1-0 to win their first
World Cup. Kind of a big deal. Delorean, a live electronic band that
hails from Barcelona, played a sold-out show Monday night at Great
Scott. As someone whose summer has primarily consisted of early morning
soccer matches followed by pool side chilling soundtracked by the
Baleric offerings of Delorean and the like, the prospect of drawing
comparisons between the two for this review made me absolutely giddy.
A big boo-hiss for NEON INDIAN,
who announced today that they're cancelling their scheduled appearance
at GREAT SCOTT tomorrow night -- which was to have been one of the
bigger cards for this week's electronic-music festival TOGETHER BOSTON.
Instead, tomorrow night they'll be appearing on JIMMY FALLON. We're
trying to figure out what to call this -- a reverse McCain?
Scott gig has been re-scheduled for March 9, and all tickets will be
honored at the later date. That said, we highly recommend showing up at
Great Scott tomorrow night anyway, since the opening bands -- Portland,
Oregon's SOUTHERN BELLE and Boston's own MYSTERY ROAR
-- will be playing. After the jump: Mystery
Roar plays the Together Festival national anthem.
Pretty & Nice - Capsules from Julian Furtak on Vimeo.
This past week, star pupils PRETTY AND NICE and rookies-of-the-year candidates MYSTERY ROAR played at the Middle East upstairs. Our friend Julian Furtak of the local blog On a Friday was there to capture moving (and still) pictures.
This week in the fishwrap, you can read Brodeur's take on five local new-ish bands to keep an eye on. And that's all well and good, but maybe some of you are reluctant to trek all the way to a show without knowing a little more about what you're going to hear when you're there. So, for you auditory learners out there, here are all five bands captured in digital form: